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Mt. Huashan

Mt. Huashan is famous for its profound Taoism culture and narrow pathways with precipitous drops and death-defying cliff-side mountain hiking trails give it a deserved reputation for danger, which is regarded as the “World’s Most Dangerous Hiking Trail”. 

Mt. Huashan

Brief History of Mt. Huashan

As a holy mountain of Taoism in China, Mt. Huashan has a long religious history. As early as the 2nd century B.C., there was a Daoist temple known as the Shrine of the Western Peak located at its base, which was often used for spirits mediums to contact the god and his underlings. It is said that the founder and patriarch of Taoism, Lao Zi (Lao Tzu), once lived and gave sermons here.

Mt. Huashan 

It is also the place where many emperors came to pray and sacrifice to the god of Mt. Huashan. Now, a variety of Taoism temples and other religious structures are located on its slopes and peaks. 

Mt. Huashan

What to Do & See

Located near the city of Huayin in Shaanxi province, about 120 kilometres east of Xi'an city, Mt. Huashan is the Western Mountain of the Five Sacred Mountains (the other four being Mt. Taishan, the Eastern Mountain in Shandong Province; Mt. Hengshan, the Southern Mountain in Hunan Province; Mt. Hengshan, the Northern Mountain in Shanxi Province and Mt. Songshan, the Central Mountain in Henan Province). 

Mt. Huashan

Experience the Dangerous Hiking

The mountain mainly consists of five peaks which look like five petals of a flower, and each one has its distinctive charms: 

Mt. Huashan

Mt. Huashan

East Peak (Facing Sun Peak) 

It is 2,100 meters high above sea level and the top of the peak is the best place to watch the sunrise. 

Mt. Huashan

West Peak (Lotus Flower Peak)

Formed by a huge rock, the 2,082.6 meters high peak is very steep. The touching legend 'Hanxiang cleave the mountain and save his mother' comes from the peak. It is the most elegant. 

Mt. Huashan

South Peak (Landing Wild Goose Peak) 

It is the highest of the five peaks with an altitude of 2,154.9 meters, inhabited the temple for God of Mt. Huashan. 

Mt. Huashan

North Peak (Cloud Terrace Peak)

It is the lowest of the five peaks with an elevation of 1614.9 meters and the most important site on the North Peak is the Zhenwu Hall. 

Mt. Huashan

Middle Peak (Jade Maiden Peak)

It is said that Nongyu, the daughter of King Mugong (659B.C.-621B.C.) of the Qin Kingdom during the Spring and Autumn Period (770B.C.-476B.C.), was tired of the life in the court and lived reclusively in Middle Peak with her husband. It is 2037.8 meters high above sea level. 

Mt. Huashan

Visit the Famous Cultural & Natural Scenic Spots

Except the dangerous hiking on Mt. Huashan, you can also visit the famous cultural and natural scenic spots along the way. Splendid natural scenery, temples, Taoist pavilions, elegant buildings, statues and stone carvings can be seen everywhere, such as Jade Spring Temple, Five Dragon Bridge, Fish Stone, Five-Mile Pass, Stone Gate, Shaluo Terrace, Maonv Cave, Qingke Terrace, Mind Changing Stone (Huixin Stone), Thousand-Foot Precipice, Hundred-Foot Crevice, Taoist Temple of A Group of Immortals, Laojun Furrow, Ear-Touching Cliff, Heavenward Ladder, Black Dragon Ridge, Golden Lock Pass, Five-Cloud Peak, Sunshine Welcoming Cave, Chess Pavilion, etc. 

Mt. Huashan

Mt. Huashan

How to Get Here

Location: Mt. Huashan is a mountain located near the city of Huayin in Shaanxi province, about 120 kilometres (75 mi) east of Xian. 

By High-speed Train

Take high-speed train from Xi’an North Railway Station to Huashan North Station. After arrival, take tourist bus to the Huashan Tourist Center. Come to Huashan in economic and safe way. 

By Coach

Take a coach from Xi’an East Bus Station to Mt. Huashan. The coach runs between 07:00 and 19:15. Come to Huashan in free-worry way and save money. 

By Airplane

Take plane from Xi'an Xianyang International Airport to Huashan Tourist Center. Come to Huashan at full speed. 

Mt. Huashan

Ticket Price

Entrance Fee

Peak Season (March-November): CNY 160

Off Season (December-February of Next Year): CNY 100 

Note:

The ticket is valid for 24 hours (It includes entrance fee of Xiyue Temple and the transportation fares from the tourist center to every scenic spots, except the special vehicle fares of Huangfuyu and Wengyu.) 

Mt. Huashan

Mt. Huashan

Cable Car Service

North Peak Sante Cableway (北峰三特索道)

Peak Season (March-November): CNY 80 for a one-way trip

Off Season (December-February of Next Year): CNY 45 for a one-way trip 

Note:

The North Peak Cableway Tourism Bus Fare: CNY 20 for a one-way trip 

West Peak Taihua Cableway (西峰太华索道)

Peak Season (March-November): CNY 140 for a one-way trip

Off Season (December-February of Next Year): CNY 120 for a one-way trip 

Note:

The west Peak Cableway Tourism Bus Fare: CNY 40 for a one-way trip 

Mt. Huashan

Mt. Huashan

Opening Hours

The mountain is open all day. 

Best Time to Visit: April to October 

Note:

The 15th day of the lunar March is the Pilgrimage Day (朝山日), and grand temple fairs and celebrations will be hold on that day. 

Mt. Huashan

Travel Tips

1. Wear proper soft bottom sports shoes, and they will protect your feet while hiking on Mt. Huashan. Whether to prepare gloves, socks, crutches and other equipment is up to your personal circumstances.

2. Eat some high-calorie food before hiking, and bring some snacks, which can effectively increase your physical strength.

3. Hiking on Mt. Huashan can easily get thirsty, so bring some bottles of water, but do not drink too much on the way, small sips are best.

4. The temperature can change quickly up on the mountain, so you’d better prepare some warm clothes, and if you climb Mt. Huashan in summer, you’d better bring a lightweight raincoat because of the heavy moisture.

Mt. Huashan

 

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